Fall 2018 Alumni Hall of Fame
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Fall 2018 Alumni Hall of Fame

The Barney School Board of Visitors Alumni Hall of Fame will take place on Tuesday, October 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the 1877 Club with a reception following. This year’s inductees are Charles A. Seeman '76,Former President & CEO of United Community & Family Services, andGeorge A. LaCava Jr. '60,Former Board Vice President of LaCava Construction Company.

Charles  A. Seeman, BS’76

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Charles (Chuck) Seeman is the former president and CEO of United Community & Family Services (UCFS) having retired in 2016 after 21 years in that role. Since 1877, UCFS has provided health and human services to the residents of southeastern Connecticut. Its primary line of service is outpatient healthcare offered through the community health center delivery model providing primary care, dental care, and behavioral health services. Prior to joining UCFS, Chuck was vice president of finance and administration for Helikon Furniture Company, first as an independent organization based in Taftville, Conn., and then in the same role as a subsidiary of Herman Miller, Inc.

Seeman is currently vice chair of the Eastern Connecticut Savings Bank Board of Directors, treasurer of Otis Library, and immediate past board chair of the Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region. He has also been board chair of the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, president of the Norwich Rotary Club, co-chair of the New London County Health Collaborative, and vice chair of the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut, among many other prominent roles.

Seeman has won many awards through the years, including the Heritage Award from the Legacy Society of the Backus Foundation (2008), Executive Director of the Year from the Eastern Connecticut Social Service Awards (2015), and the Mohegan District of the Connecticut Rivers Council Outstanding Leader Award (2010). In 2016, he was officially recognized and honored by U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney for his work at UCFS. 

A longtime respected figure within the University of Hartford, Seeman holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from the Barney School of Business. He was a 2008 recipient of the Anchor Award, the most prestigious honor given by the Alumni Association, and was a member of the Barney Board of Visitors from1999 to 2010. Seeman and his brother, Bill Seeman ‘77, created the Manfred and Carol Seeman Endowed Scholarship to honor their parents

Charles Seeman and his wife, Susan, have established three other endowed funds in support of the University, the Barney School, and Hillyer College, including the Charles Canedy Beta Gama Sigma Endowment. 

Seeman resides in Norwich, Connecticut, with his wife, Susan. One of his two children, Brett, is a 2008 Barney School alumnus.

George A. LaCava Jr. ’60

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George A. LaCava Jr. ’60 is the former board vice president of LaCava Construction Company, a home-building group that provided home design services to residents of Hartford, Middlesex, and Tolland counties for over four decades.

LaCava began his professional career while he was an undergraduate student at the Barney School of Business. He worked part time at a midsize public accounting firm, and was promoted to full-time junior accountant after graduating. A few years later, he joined his brothers’ small residential building company, LaCava Construction Company.

LaCava joined the company board, first as controller and later as vice president, and was responsible for all accounting and financial decisions. Over the next 50 years, the growing LaCava Construction Company became a well-respected builder and developer, constructing homes in approximately 30 Connecticut towns, including major subdivisions in nearly two dozen of those communities. In 1970, LaCava Construction Company shareholders formed a partnership, LaCava Equities, and added apartment complexes and an office building to its portfolio.

In addition to his business success, LaCava has also made an impact on his community. He served for several years on the Board of Trustees of Saint Mary Home, which is now part of Mercy Community Health, and was chairman from 1991 to 1994. He was on the advisory board of Liberty Bank and the finance committee of the Home Builders Association of Hartford County. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after serving from 1961 to 1967 with the 76th division, first on active duty and then as an active reservist.

LaCava has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Barney School of Business, where he majored in Accounting. He has two daughters, one of whom is an alumna of the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions.

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